There are a few stages involved in how to choose a funeral plan. To find a funeral plan that’s right for you you’ll first need to decide on the type of funeral you’d like.
Once you’ve made that important first choice, you can then research funeral providers that offer the right type of plans.
Arranging a funeral and paying for it in advance can have several benefits as long as you choose a funeral plan that’s compatible with your wishes.
To choose a funeral plan you'll first need to know, what is a funeral plan?
Once your plan is set up it's important to share it with your children, spouse or next of kin. Otherwise, you risk your plan not being used which is a waste of your money.
Funeral plans are available for different types of funerals. These are burial, cremation and direct cremation.
Burial is a traditional funeral option. With a burial plan, a person can be buried in a cemetery or graveyard.
After a service at the crematorium, cremated ashes are commonly buried (interred) or scattered.
Direct cremations are unattended cremations that take place without a funeral service or mourners present.
This info is for funeral plans UK. If you’re planning to move abroad in future, a funeral plan probably won’t be suitable for you.
The average price of each type of funeral varies quite a lot too which could be another consideration when making your choice.
+ The average cost of burial, cremation and direct cremation in 2023 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024, sunlife.co.uk/funeral-costs)
You and your family can both benefit if you choose a funeral plan. You can also take out a funeral plan for someone else for the reassurance that their funeral arrangements will be taken care of even if you're not close by to make the arrangements.
Get the funeral you want
Once you’ve set up your funeral plan and communicated it to your loved ones you have peace of mind that your funeral will happen according to your wishes.
Take stress away from your family
Getting a funeral plan means there is less for your family to organise. One call to your funeral provider is all that's needed to start arrangements.
Get the funeral you want even if you can’t afford to pay for it all in one go with the option to pay monthly over a year or longer.
Protect yourself from rising costs
Funeral costs have more than doubled since 2004.++ Once you have your plan, the amount you pay is fixed, and even if prices rise, you won't have to pay a penny more.
Direct cremation funeral plans or plans for small intimate cremations also offer additional benefits.
++ Funeral costs were £1,835 in 2004 and £4,141 in 2023 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024, sunlife.co.uk/funeral-costs)
Doing your due diligence on the company you would like to take out a plan with is worth your time. Here are the top three things to check before you go ahead with a provider.
We specialise in direct cremations and intimate cremations. Our funeral plan comparison page lets you easily compare funeral plans and services between us and other providers.
It’s worth noting that not all funeral plan providers carry out the funeral themselves. Instead, they act as a middleman between you and one of their funeral director partners.
If you’d like the people you’ve been speaking to be the same people who carry out the funeral, check this is the case.
At Distinct Cremations, we collect the deceased, care for them in our own professional mortuary, carry out the cremation and deliver the ashes back by hand.How our funerals work
Our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial or cremation. If you like the idea having a unique memorial, but would still like loved ones present at the cremation itself we also have our Small Attended Cremation Plans and Simple Funeral Plan.
Our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan is a great choice for those looking for a simple, low-cost unattended cremation without a funeral ceremony.
With our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan, the cremation takes place with no service or mourners present at our high-quality crematoria where dignified care is guaranteed.
Our Small Attended Cremation Plans offer a private funeral where the number of people attending is limited to a small gathering of friends and family.
With our Small Attended Cremation Plans, you can have up to 8 people attending a 10 minute service or up to 20 people attending a 20 minute service.
Here are some aspects to consider when you're ready to choose a funeral plan so you can find the plan most suited to you.
If you've decided that you'd like a direct cremation, you may like to consider the below to help you make your choice of cremation only plans.
Continue your research to help you choose a funeral plan. Alternatively, if you're expecting a death in the near future, we can support you in arranging the funeral at the time of need.
Choosing a funeral plan can be a big decision so knowing what happens to your money once you take out a plan might help you with your choice.See how plans are kept safe
Get to know the different payment options available when you take out a funeral plan to see if paying upfront or in monthly instalments would suit you.Find out how to pay for a plan
As well as providing funeral plans we also carry out both simple cremation funerals and unattended direct cremations from just £1,099.View our cremation services
Below are a selection of reviews from those who have arranged a funeral or purchased a funeral plan through Distinct Cremations.
"Smooth and straightforward purchase with plenty of contact and feedback."
“Easy to use and very helpful. Very easy to use their services and always called with updates. Sorry to say I've had to use their services twice now and I've already booked my own service. On both times I've used this service I've been kept informed by calls to everything going on. All my requests were made to feel like no trouble whatsoever, happy to help attitude made what was a very emotional time pass with no problems. Ty to all the teams involved"
"Quick and easy to arrange. Very good value. The information pack arrived days after I made my enquiry. It was so easy to arrange the plan that I wanted. The follow up call was very reassuring. I am very happy with the service provided."
"Already recommended to other family members. Easy to access and apply for a plan at a good price, and even better, in 20 years time there will be no additional cost. It's not a subject that anyone wants to think about but now I have it sorted it has given me peace of mind knowing my family won't have the worry or cost when that time comes, now I can forget it and enjoy many more years, highly recommended. Hassle free application that was completed in minutes but I'm not planning on using this plan anytime soon!!"
"I was very pleased with the prompt efficient service that I got, everything was explained to me, and the paperwork was easy to understand, and there was no pressure put on me for a decision. I would most certainly recommended this company for price and efficiency."
“Happy with everything. We were well pleased with the consultant Sarah Mills she was very helpful and made us feel very confident that we were doing the right thing about our funeral plan."
"Positive without being pushy. Easy to understand the scheme, helpful brochure and a realistic price. The staff I contacted were polite and professional. Great value. An ideal alternative for those of us who don't want a lot of fuss."